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Unlicensed driver from Dana Point demolishes three cars and injures two, DUI suspected

On Thursday, Dec 13, at 2:16 a.m., LBPD officers and LBFD personnel responded to Thalia Street and South Coast Hwy for a reported injury traffic collision. 

“When officers arrived on scene, they discovered three vehicles scattered along South Coast Hwy and Thalia Street,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. 

LBPD and LBFD described the aftermath, “One of the vehicles, a white BMW, was facing eastbound in the number one northbound lane about 100 feet south of Thalia Street. Another vehicle, a Jeep, was at the southwest corner of Thalia and Coast and suffered major rear end and significant damage to both the driver and passenger sides. A third vehicle, a Tesla, had been moved from the roadway and was parked in the 200 block of Thalia,” Sgt Cota explained. “The right rear wheel of the Tesla was ripped off and was sitting in the number one southbound lane of Coast Hwy at Thalia Street.” 

Police Files Car Crash one

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South Coast Hwy was closed for several hours Thursday following suspected DUI crash that injured two people and totaled three cars

Sgt Cota explained how the accident happened. According to reports, the driver of the BMW was traveling southbound in the number one lane of Coast Hwy approaching Thalia Street at a high rate of speed. The BMW collided into the rear of the Jeep which was also southbound. The impact forced the jeep into a spin at which point it struck a tree and a traffic light pole on the northwest corner of Thalia Street and Coast Hwy ripping both from the ground.

The BMW continued southbound and struck the right rear of a Tesla, which was in the southbound left turn pocket to make a turn onto Thalia Street. This impact ripped the right rear wheel from the Tesla. The BMW continued southbound for about another 100 feet where it came to rest. 

“The driver of the Jeep, a Newport Beach resident, suffered a broken left arm. The passenger in the BMW received a broken hip and unknown damage to her vertebra. The driver of the Tesla was uninjured,” Sgt Cota said.

Police Files Car Crash two

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Guillermo Garcia Ventura, 29, Dana Point, was arrested on felony charges

The unlicensed driver of the BMW, Guillermo Garcia Ventura, 29, of Dana Point, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, a felony charge.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Owner who reported stolen BMW finds car at Pavilions

On Tuesday, Dec 11, at 3:57 p.m., at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy, LBPD received a report of a stolen white BMW 328i. But instead of it actually being stolen, it turns out rather the BMW was parked in a safe location unscathed.

According to Sgt Cota, “The vehicle was located in the Pavilion’s parking lot. It is suspected the vehicle was left here and not actually stolen.”

Sizeable male genitalia symbol tagged at Crescent Bay Beach

On Sunday, Dec 9, at 8:47 a.m., an LBPD officer responded to the Crescent Bay Beach restrooms in response to vandalism at the 1200 block of Cliff Drive. The officer saw red paint on the side of the restrooms with the words “Derick” coupled with a very large genitalia symbol. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The graffiti was 3 feet by 10 feet wide. Public Works was notified to remove it asap.”

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